We are looking for highly motivated graduates to join the Laboratory of Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry led by Assistant Professor Jakub Švenda and Associate Professor Kamil Paruch.

Workplace: Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

Type of Cooperation: PhD fellowship (more information on PhD study programmes here)

Application Deadline:  January 15, 2020

About the Workplace

The Laboratory of Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry is an international laboratory at the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University linked to academic and industrial partners within the Czech Republic, with good contacts to leading institutions abroad. We are also part of the International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC), which is a joint research centre of St. Anne´s University Hospital in Brno (Czech Republic) and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (USA).

Masaryk University is the second-largest university in the Czech Republic with nine faculties, more than 5000 staff, and more than 30 000 students. As a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing, our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education.

Faculty of Science, a proud holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission, is a research-oriented faculty, offering university education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs) closely linked to both primary and applied research and high school teaching of the following sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth sciences.

PhD Fellowship Description

Selected students will have an opportunity to initiate / join projects that deal with the preparation of interesting natural products and synthetic organic molecules with significant biological activity. The choice of target molecules stems from a curiosity-driven basic research and from the biomedical potential in human medicine. The current line of research explores structurally diverse small-molecule modulators of important cellular targets, including adenylyl cyclases, protein kinases, DNA nucleases and ribosomes.

Selected candidates will receive a comprehensive training in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry and to closely interact with biologists. Besides, it is an opportunity to study and live in a modern and dynamic city and one of 10 best student cities.

In addition to the standard PhD Fellowship at Masaryk University, the candidate will receive financial support through the available research funds.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master degree in Chemistry (before entering the PhD program at the Masaryk University)
  • To be familiar with basic laboratory techniques used in experimental organic chemistry
  • Prior training/experience in chemical synthesis (positively evaluated during the interview and selection process)
  • Good communication skills (oral and written) in English
  • High level of commitment to complete the Ph.D. study programme

How to Apply

Please send your curriculum vitae, cover letter and a concise summary of previous research activities to: svenda@chemi.muni.cz

Please note that your application does not substitute an official admission process to Ph.D. studies at SCI MUNI. Details including the discussion about the research topic, required documentation and formalities will be a subject of the interview with successful candidates. Only upon the agreement with a supervisor, a formal application for Ph.D. studies at Faculty of Science, Masaryk University can be submitted.

Selection Process

Received application will be reviewed continuously and carefully considered. Shortlisted applicants meeting the requirements will be contacted for an interview.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!